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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:19 AM   #3381
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the pics from today... again sorry for the quality. The mist played a role too

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Loved the Rouge livery
http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4880cc95.jpg

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The older 777


and the newer 777


The fire i was talking about... pretty sure that was a fire drill


And my attraction of the day.... The Golden Beauty from Abu Dhabi


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Old November 17th, 2013, 05:54 PM   #3382
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Is this 05 runway? Nice views.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 10:44 PM   #3383
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Any of you guys went to YYZ today? Was passing and had the camera so grabbed some snaps. But I saw some fire around the cargo area... fire drill?
That is actually the Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) off of Courtneypark Dr.
What you saw was most likely one of the training exercises that are often run for first responders from around the world.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:07 AM   #3384
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Taiwanese newspaper reporting that an expanded air agreement between Canada and Taiwan has been reached..........

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../19/2003577229
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #3385
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Taiwanese newspaper reporting that an expanded air agreement between Canada and Taiwan has been reached..........

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../19/2003577229
So we should hopefully see daily flights to TPE??

Here's another article, different topic, and not necessarily new information, but still good.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle15516226/
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Old November 20th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #3386
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I'm kind of suspicious of any kind of a YYT-DUB market so I am thinking the YYT stop is actually a "tech" stop. Would love to see it succeed though.
The new WestJet flights (16 and 17) can be booked for any portion, so YYZ-YYT is allowed on it's own or YYT-DUB is also fine. With routings via Toronto or St. John's, connections are possible throughout WS's network.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #3387
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article from today's Globe and Mail:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle15516226/


Air Canada plans to beef up Pearson airport's role as international hub


GREG KEENAN

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013, 7:44 PM EST

Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013, 11:09 PM EST

With the allure of hassle-free flights, Air Canada plans to woo U.S. business travellers to fly through Toronto en route to Europe and Asia.

It won’t take many – just a few more U.S. travellers a day originating from cities on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and heading to Asia should be enough to turn Toronto’s Pearson International Airport into a major international hub and boost the airline’s revenue by about $400-million annually, the company says....


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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:55 AM   #3388
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Well, they need to reduce the taxes first if they want to entice people to move based on price.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 05:11 PM   #3389
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plus many citizens of non US & EU countries need transit visas to transfer at any canadian airport.. even if the originating airport is US...
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Old November 21st, 2013, 05:56 PM   #3390
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Not just that but a protectionist stance on foreign airlines coming in.

Air Canada is just ordering replacement aircraft with no expansionism to justify this vision.
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 10:25 PM   #3391
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Some tidbits from CAPA: Air China has applied to operate Shanghai-Toronto flights. Air Transat is introducing Toronto - Marseille in 2014.

http://centreforaviation.com/profile...al-airport-yyz
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 12:30 AM   #3392
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Well, they need to reduce the taxes first if they want to entice people to move based on price.
They loose so much revenue due to the fact that a lot of Canadians like to travel to the USA to get on international flights due to them being cheaper.

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plus many citizens of non US & EU countries need transit visas to transfer at any canadian airport.. even if the originating airport is US...
I think they need to take a page out of China's book where they allow a 72 hour visa free stay. I think that would appeal to more people. Plus saves a lot of time of paper work and money on paper.

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Some tidbits from CAPA: Air China has applied to operate Shanghai-Toronto flights. Air Transat is introducing Toronto - Marseille in 2014.

http://centreforaviation.com/profile...al-airport-yyz
According to Air Canada's website, Air Canada already flies to Vancouver and Toronto from Shanghai already. But Air China would be connecting a star alliance hub to another star alliance hub. Will see how it goes.
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 03:39 AM   #3393
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According to Air Canada's website, Air Canada already flies to Vancouver and Toronto from Shanghai already. But Air China would be connecting a star alliance hub to another star alliance hub. Will see how it goes.
And Hainan is also looking to start Shanghai-Toronto next year. Not *A, but that would make it three airlines running the route if it goes through. Funny, I would have thought Beijing would have been the most likely destination before Shanghai to see three carriers. Not complaining
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 03:42 AM   #3394
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plus many citizens of non US & EU countries need transit visas to transfer at any canadian airport.. even if the originating airport is US...
YVR is pushing pressure on the Canadian Gov't to prevent such need and proposing infrastructure that support int'l to int'l transfers. Perhaps in a few years this wouldn't be so much of an issue.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #3395
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A few years might be too late for Pearson.. Look at the way.. ME3( EK, QR & AU) are slowing expanding into the US mainland..
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Old November 25th, 2013, 06:13 PM   #3396
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A few years might be too late for Pearson.. Look at the way.. ME3( EK, QR & AU) are slowing expanding into the US mainland..
EK/QR/AU won't be after the same market Toronto Pearson and AC are.

Flying to Dubai to fly to China/Japan or Europe is a non-starter for most people.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #3397
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EK/QR/AU won't be after the same market Toronto Pearson and AC are.

Flying to Dubai to fly to China/Japan or Europe is a non-starter for most people.
yeah.. but what sort of a hub would it be if it only focused on Japan/China and ignore Europe(specifically eastern europe) and rest of asia..
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Old November 25th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #3398
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yeah.. but what sort of a hub would it be if it only focused on Japan/China and ignore Europe(specifically eastern europe) and rest of asia..
Who said Europe is being ignored? There has been strong expansion to Europe in the past two years alone, with more to come next year.

The focus,being Japan/China, is not at the expense of other regions, but that's just where the strongest growth is. There's really no denying that. And frankly, Japan is more of a re-org than anything else.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #3399
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Interesting note from yyzhyd over on UT (he never posts here anymore! - if you're listening, please join us again).

The GTAA is looking at scrapping the original layout for the T1 expansions and focusing on a new Pier F-type Hammerhead into where the original T2 stood. Star Alliance will keep Pier F, and all non-aligned international carriers (including SkyTeam) will take the new pier. I like this more - and hopefully it's an architecturall stunning pier. Pier F can be remodeled to truly be AC-focused, especially in their endeavour to turn Toronto into a major global hub.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 02:05 AM   #3400
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Interesting note from yyzhyd over on UT (he never posts here anymore! - if you're listening, please join us again).

The GTAA is looking at scrapping the original layout for the T1 expansions and focusing on a new Pier F-type Hammerhead into where the original T2 stood. Star Alliance will keep Pier F, and all non-aligned international carriers (including SkyTeam) will take the new pier. I like this more - and hopefully it's an architecturall stunning pier. Pier F can be remodeled to truly be AC-focused, especially in their endeavour to turn Toronto into a major global hub.
I agree - I think that sounds like it makes more sense. And this time they can build it with some awe-inspiring retail concessions in mind, from the get-go. The hammerhead layout is very appealing in my opinion.
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